ARCHIVE: EU waste framework directive

The revised EU Waste Framework Directive (revised WFD) was adopted when the Environment Council met on 20 October 2008, signed on behalf of the European Parliament and the Council on 19 November 2008 and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 22 November 2008 (L312/3) as Directive 2008/98/EC.

The revised Directive entered into force on 12 December 2008. Article 40 requires Member States to “bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive”, within 2 years of its entry into force.  We have prepared a paper containing transposition dates article by article:

The revised WFD also provides that the European Commission may introduce a range of measures by means of comitology procedure (e.g. end-of-waste criteria for specified waste streams).  These provisions will be available to the Commission from the date of the revised WFD’s entry into force.


Stage One - On 16 July 2009 the Stage One: Consultation on the transposition of the revised WFD was published for a 12-week consultation period. The consultation closed for comments on 9 October 2009. This consultations purpose was to invite views to help onfirm the policy decisions that it is necessary for Ministers to take on the revised WFD’s transposition in England and Wales.

136 responses were received to this consultation and a summary of responses was published in March 2010.

Stage Two - On 8 July 2010 the Stage Two: Consultation on the transposition of the revised WFD in England and Wales was published. The consultation closes for comments on 16 September 2010. This includes the draft transposing Regulations, an Impact Assessment and draft guidance on applying the waste hierarchy in England.

Background information

Development of an EU thematic strategy on waste.

Page last modified: 6 April 2009
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